Tokyo Olympics

Fiji 7s creates history clinching back to back Olympic gold

The win brought people out onto the streets in some suburbs back home in Fiji despite a curfew in place as the country battles with a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.     

Captain Jerry Tuwai also became the first player in World Rugby history to win successive Olympic gold medal.

Fiji struck first when Sireli Maqala stripped the ball off Joe Webber before passing to Iosefo Masi who took it into contact then gave it to big Meli Derenalagi who dived over in the corner.

Tom Dean takes gold, plus silvers for Duncan Scott and Georgia Taylor-Brown

GB claimed six medals on Tuesday, including two silvers and three bronzes, to take their tally to 13 overall and put them fifth in the medal table.

It more than doubles Britain's previous best medal haul of six after the first four days, achieved at the 2000, 2008 and 2016 Games.

Dean, 21, who contracted Covid for the second time six months ago, edged out compatriot Duncan Scott into second by 0.04secs in the 200m freestyle swimming.

And Georgia Taylor-Brown fought back from a puncture on the last lap of the bike leg to take triathlon silver.

Fiji 7s eyes Olympic gold medal as it meets NZ in final

New Zealand will be out with all guns blazing after they lost to Fiji in the quarter-final at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Captain Jerry Tuwai is the lone player from the 2016 gold medal winning team and a win tonight will cap off his illustrious rugby career.

 Earlier in the day, Fiji defeated Argentina 26-14 in the semi-final.

Fiji had much of the possession in the first four minutes as they ran in two tries.

Sireli Maqala showed his strength and skills as he powered his way through for an unconverted try.

Samoa’s Peniamia Percival loses to Netherlands in judo

Netherland defeated the Pacific Island nation by Ippon 10-0s1.

Meanwhile, Sailor Eroni Leilua finished a rough and challenging second day of racing, finishing 27th and 30th in race 2 and 3 respectively for Laser Mens division.

Leilua will return today for Race 4, 5, and 6, weather permitted.

A typhoon warning has been issued for the area.


Samoan boxer Faogali loses to Belarus in a strong contest at Tokyo Olympics

Belarus won by points 4-1 against Samoa.

Faogali managed to score a win in the last round but it was not enough to put down his opponent.

He thanked everyone that had supported him throughout in his preparation leading to his fight in Tokyo.

“Faafetai Samoa ma aiga mo tapuaiga.. I tried my best and thought I did enough, but wasn't to be.”

“To all my family, supporters, sponsors, coaches and Olympic Committee, thank you all for getting me here. E Agalelei Le Ali'I”

“God bless everyone,” he said on Facebook.


Fiji’s Taichi Vakasama finishes in 200m breaststroke heat

Vakasama clocked 1:05:78 second in heat one.

Team Fiji athletes who have been in action so far in the Tokyo Games include Vakasama, table tennis rep Sally Yee, sailor Sophia Morgan and the Fiji 7s team.

The Fijiana 7s will start their campaign on Thursday while Pacific’s fastest man Banuve Tabakaucoro is taking part on Saturday.


Fiji to meet Argentina in Tokyo Olympics 7s semi final

Fiji secured a semi-final spot after defeating Australia 19-0 in the quarter-final last night.

It was the captain Jerry Tuwai who struck first with a try after fooling the Australian defense with his trade mark skip step.

Australia could have scored a try before halftime but Waisea Nacuqu made a try saving tackle dislodging the ball from the Australian player on the tryline.

Tuwai showed his magic again with a second try while Aminiasi Tuimaba added another to seal the team’s place in the semifinals.

Naomi Osaka will leave Tokyo Olympics without a medal, loses in 3rd round to Marketa Vondrousova

Vondrousova, a 2019 French Open finalist, advances with the 6-1, 6-4 win.

"How disappointed am I? I mean, I'm disappointed in every loss, but I feel like this one sucks more than the others," Osaka said.

Osaka -- who had 32 unforced errors in the match -- isn't the first big name to lose early in the women's draw. World No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty of Australia lost in the opening round to Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo. No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus also made an early exit, losing to Croatia's Donna Vekic in the second round.

Fiji 7s put on aggressive performance against Great Britain

Fiji started out strong in the game after Asaeli Tuivuaka ran in to score the first try. However the conversion failed.

The defending champions continued the momentum after Sireli Maqala sliced through the defense for a converted try.

Great Britain failed to score any points in the first half of the match.

Jiuta Wainiqolo brushed Dan Norton aside before running away to score for a 19-nil lead at halftime.

Fiji 7s secures second win in Tokyo

Napolioni Bolaca ran straight through the Canadian defense after a scrum inside Fiji’s half for the first try.

Fiji stretched their lead after Jiuta Wainiqolo used his strength from a quick tap two minutes later to score the second try which was converted by Bolaca.

Despite the 14 points deficit, Canada managed to string together a few phases with team effort and at the end, it was captain and the country’s flagbearer at the opening ceremony, Nathan Hirayama who dotted down between the sticks.

The Olympic champions Fiji led 14-7 at halftime.